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News: Vietnam Airlines reaches 200 million passenger milestone

To commemorate this achievement during over two decades of establishment and development, Vietnam Airlines hosted a ceremony to welcome the 200 millionth passenger with the honoured presences of senior officials from ministry of transport, representatives from the Airports Corporation Vietnam and employees of the airline. The three special 200 millionth, 199,999,999th and 2,000,001st passengers, whose name is Nguyen Truong Chinh, Ngo Huy Hoang and Phan Thi Thu Hang respectively, were on the flight number VN223 from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, landing off at Tan Son Nhat International Airport….

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News: Norwegian sees strong increase in passenger numbers for November

Norwegian carried 2.5 million passengers in November, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the same month last year. Norwegian’s long-haul routes had a 52 per cent passenger growth. The overall load factor was 83.7 per cent. A total of 2,520,220 passengers chose to fly with Norwegian in November. This is 255,075 (11 per cent) more passengers than the same period last year. ADVERTISEMENT The total traffic growth and the capacity growth both increased by 28 per cent. Norwegian chief executive Bjørn Kjos said: “We are pleased that more…

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News: A4E: Abolishing air passenger taxes would boost European GCP by €215 billion

A new study commissioned by A4E from PwC – “The economic impact of air taxes in Europe” – shows that abolishing all air passenger taxes in the European Economic Area would boost European GDP by €215 billion (cumulative) over the next 12 years. Benefits of such a move would grow from an additional €10.5 billion in 2018 to €25 billion per year by 2030. This would create 47,000 jobs in the two years following the taxes abolition with a total of 110,000 new jobs created by 2030. “The study demonstrates…

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News: Dubai International celebrates strong passenger numbers for August

Dubai International registered another month of record traffic, with 8.2 million passengers welcomed in August, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports. Boosted by the seasonal rush of travellers, particularly UAE residents returning for the start of the academic year, passenger traffic at DXB reached 8,233,311 in August compared to 7,727,105 recorded in the same month last year, an increase of 6.6 per cent. The year to date traffic totalled 59,353,368 passengers up 6.3 per cent compared to 55,851,148 recorded during the first eight months…

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News: Ryanair seeks to process most passenger cancellation claims by Friday

Ryanair today has offered passengers an update on its progress at working through the cancellation of 2,100 of its 103,000 flights over the next six weeks. The low-cost carrier has revealed it expects to have re-accommodated over 175,000 customers on other Ryanair flights – over 55 per cent of affected customers. All 315,000 customers affected have now received an email advising them of their flight changes and offering alternative flights, refunds and EU261 notices. By the end of today, more than 63,000 flight refunds will have been processed, Ryanair said,…

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News: Ryanair publishes full list of cancelled flights following passenger anger

Ryanair has published the complete list of flights to be cancelled before the end of October. Around 50 flights a day will be suspended from schedules as the low-cost carrier seeks to meet holiday requirements for pilots before the end of the year. However, this only represents two per cent of planned departures, with Ryanair still offering around 2,450 flights a day. Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said: “While over 98 per cent of our customers will not be affected by these cancellations over the next six weeks, we apologise…

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News: French air traffic control strikes hit passenger flights

At least 200 flight cancellations and many delays have resulted from the latest air traffic control strike in Europe. Control centres in Reims and Marseille have been on strike since Monday evening, forcing airlines to reduce their fight offerings in France and also services overflying France. The strike will continue until Wednesday morning. “With two-thirds of all European air traffic control strike days taking place in France, European and French policy-makers need to implement measures capable of minimising air traffic management disruption’s impact on travellers. “More than 250 strike days…

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